Washington Insider: 2012

Free Expert Help on Evidence Based-Practices

The Coalition for Evidence Based Policy is launching free resources on evidence based practices. These user-friendly tools designed to help policy officials and stakeholders become experts are offered by recognized leaders in evidence-based reform

Open Online Workshop: How to Read Research Findings to Distinguish Evidence-Based Programs from Everything Else

This workshop teaches the core skill needed to be an effective practitioner of evidence-based policy: The ability to read a study and readily assess whether it produced credible evidence.

This core skill is needed, for example, to: … more

Law Ensures Foster Youth Access to Higher Ed Opportunities

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that helps foster youth gain access to financial aid. His advisor on the bill was former foster youth Maurissa Sorenson, who was part of the Congressional internship program sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. Youth who participate in the program study foster care issues and make recommendations based on a combination of their research and their own experiences. The recommendations tend to be youth-focused and pragmatic and this recent bill shows lawmakers are listening. … more

Protect our Kids Act Clears House After Hearing

On December 12, 2012 The House Ways and Means Human Resources subcommittee held a hearing on child deaths, a follow up to a July 2011 hearing that explored the issue after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showed child deaths are underreported. During this most recent hearing, the committee members focused on fine tuning the Protect our Kids Act, which creates a national commission charged with making recommendations related to: … more

New NCANDS Data Released

The Administration on Children Youth and Families Children’s Bureau released the 2011 data for child maltreatment. The data show that child protection agencies received 3.4 million referrals (allegations) involving 6.2 million children. Of those, 61 percent, or 2 .74 were screened in, meaning they were investigated or received an alternate response. More than 3.7 million children were the subjects of at least one report. Those numbers reflect an increase from 2010, when approximately 1.5 million reports were screened in.
The data also show 125,985 substantiated cases. The number of incidents could be higher because that reflects a unique count, meaning each child was counted once regardless of number of incidents. … more

Child Protection Data Not Enough to Measure Safety

A new report produced by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia contends that the way child protection data is reported and used limits its usefulness in showing rates of maltreatment. According to the report, state child protection agencies (CPS) only report the cases they know of, which leaves much maltreatment under the radar. … more

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